Preventing Summertime Heat-related Illness

As the temperature continues to rise this summer, it is important to recognize and prevent heat-related illnesses. Heat Stroke is one of those illnesses that is considered a medical emergency. A Heat Stroke happens when the body gets too hot and is no longer able to cool itself. This often occurs when people are exerting themselves in hot and humid environment without being properly hydrated. But it can also happen to others who are not exercising, especially the elderly or very young, or people with certain health conditions.

Symptoms and warning signs of Heat Stroke include:

  • Body temperature of 104° Fahrenheit or higher

  • Confusion

  • Dizziness

  • Elevated heart rate

  • Fast breathing

  • Muscle cramps or w...